BioIQ relocates headquarters to Atlanta, flu season takes a toll, and more.

1. BioIQ moves headquarters to Georgia

BioIQ, an IT healthcare platform, is moving its headquarters from California to Cobb County, northeast of Atlanta. BioIQ already has an office in Cobb, but the move of its entire operation is a reflection of the state of Georgia’s commitment to health technology.

“We selected Atlanta as BioIQ’s headquarters because of the city’s exceptional talent pool, forward-thinking business community, and convenient access to our growing client base,” said BioIQ CEO Justin Bellante. “Our Cobb County headquarters is a reflection of BioIQ’s investment in its employees and commitment to bringing together talent, technology and innovation to achieve our mission of positively impacting 100 million lives.”

2. Healthcare in crisis, Gallup poll says

Is healthcare in a “state of crisis?” Americans say yes. According to a November 2018 Gallup poll, 70 percent of Americans believe the U.S. healthcare system is in peril. The survey included about 1,000 adults from across the United States and the District of Columbia.

Americans who think the healthcare system has had major issues in the past two decades are people who have changed their views as Republicans or Democrats, especially since President Trump took office.

3. Shuteye good for the heart

Six hours of sleep is the key to a healthy heart, found a study out of Madrid. Conversely, poor sleep and chronic lack of sleep can cause atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the fatty plaque buildup in arteries that increases stroke and heart attack risk.

The study also showed:

  • People were 27 percent more likely to have body-wide atherosclerosis if they slept less than six hours than those who slept seven to eight hours per night.
  • Participants who had difficulty getting to sleep or frequent awakenings were 34 percent more likely to have atherosclerosis.
  • Women who slept eight hours or more raised their risk of atherosclerosis.

“This is the first study to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body, not just in the heart,” said Jose Ordovas, a researcher with the National Center for Cardiovascular Research in Madrid.

4. Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose

Americans have a one in 103 chance of dying in a car accident. But they have a one in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose. It’s the first time in U.S. history that vehicle crashes have been surpassed as a preventable way of death, according to the National Safety Council.

“The nation’s opioid crisis is fueling the Council’s grim probabilities, and that crisis is worsening with an influx of illicit fentanyl,” the council said in a statement. Fentanyl, the drug most responsible for overdose deaths, is used to treat patients with severe or chronic pain who are physically intolerant of other opioids.

5. It’s another bad flu season

This flu season is no different than those in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported flu estimates for the 2018-2019 season. They include:

  • The flu has stricken up to 7.3 million so far this season.
  • At least half of those who have had the flu have sought medical care.
  • Hospitalizations due to the flu are at around 83,500 people.

The CDC recommends people with flu-like symptoms should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before leaving home.

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